It’s 2017 and the days of superheroines backing up the superheroes are over.
Okay… so that's not strictly true, because they still play a very important role in a variety of films, including ones with male leads. However, what if more of them had movies of their very own? Here's why Black Widow is the obvious choice to be the next star of the show.
It's a sign of the times
These days, representation is everything. Equality is super important, and yet, unfortunately, Hollywood and the movie industry in general doesn't always reflect this fact. Women are sometimes relegated to non-speaking roles and films are unfortunately dominated by men. But when women and girls see women in strong roles on screen, they have role models. Black Widow shows that she can do everything men can do in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel might want to step up their game. DC Comics just made Wonder Woman the star of her own movie to roaring box office success. It's time for more females to take the lead.
Black Widow is already popular
Natasha Romanoff - that's Black Widow, to all the non-fans out there - is already highly popular. Just like other MCU characters, you can buy merchandise - the Disney Store has an impressive array for both children and adults, which includes everything from mugs to bedspreads. Just imagine how much more popular this would be if she had her very own film.
Games featuring Black Widow allow fans to immerse themselves further, too. The Marvel Kids website has an Avengers section, with a dedicated Black Widow game, while adults can enjoy a slot game with dedicated graphics and motifs on online casinos such as Leo Vegas - a title lifted straight from the films that she's already appeared in.
Black Widow's actress is popular, too.
Scarlett Johansson has dominated as Black Widow in four movies to date - five if you count the next Avengers movie, which is set to be released next year. These are The Avengers; Captain America: The Winter Soldier; Avengers: Age of Ultron; and Captain America: Civil War. Although her career has had a slow start in 2017, this doesn't change the fact that she is one of the most successful actresses of all time!
She's absolutely gorgeous and understands the intricacies of Black Widow's origin story, which means that in understanding the scope of the role, she would bring the passion and dedication that's required. It needs to happen soon though - she says she won't want to fit in that catsuit forever!